Translate and read any Chinese text that can be copied and pasted.

HanZi Reader is an essential addition to your Chinese app toolbox that can help you learn to read Chinese characters by the touch of your finger. As you slide your finger across the screen, the dictionary entry for the touched word is instantly displayed for you to see, and the Chinese word pops up above your finger so that your finger never obscures the word you’re reading.

HanZi Reader is very fast. There is no waiting for the app to find your entry in a dictionary as it’s pre-loaded before the screen is displayed. Your reading flow is never impeded by waiting, so you’re able to really get a feel for the meaning and grammar of the text, as well as become familiar with the characters by continued exposure to them.

HanZi Reader comes with an initial 24 short Chinese idiom stories and also has a built in translator to create your own reading texts from characters pasted in from other apps or from the Internet. Custom texts are created using the CC-CEDICT dictionary with over 112,000 entires.

Universal app with custom interfaces for both the iPhone and iPad, and an option to purchase NeoSpeech Text-to-Speech voice synthesis should you require Mandarin pronunciation.

What’s New

Version 2.2.4

Fixed the issue with the speech engine where the speech license would not download correctly. This caused the speech engine to revert to demo mode and would speak random phrases instead of the required speech.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

fotofloster ,

Excellent app for reading Chinese

I am a fluent Chinese speaker but there are a lot of characters I don’t recognize. This app allows me to import articles I want to read and quickly read them - almost as fast as If Chinese was phonetic!

1way2truth ,

unique FOREIGN FEEL interface

necessary, so

if free version would allow turning OFF pinyin,
I would BE 100% ecxited.

i struggled to learn C without pinyin,
so I often can't access dictionaries,
because of pinyin display.

even if no speech feature,
no pinyin is HEAVEN to me.

Orrinico1122 ,

Much needed and well done!

This app is great! Better designed and thought out then most apps by big companies, it does was it says it will do and well.

One suggestion would be to provide both individual character and compound character definitions when scrolling over compound words. Also more definitions would be helpful as some characters have many meanings.

For example "zhong" is always translated as China, even though it really means "center", and needs to be followed "guo" to mean China the country.

Maybe a dictionary upgrade is in order in the future, but as it stands this app is an invaluable tool!


Robert Phillips
146.7 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Frequent/Intense Profanity or Crude Humor
© Robert A Phillips
In-App Purchases
  1. NeoSpeech Text-to-Speech $5.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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